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Gillis, California
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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Gillis.

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How Far From Gillis to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Gillis to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Gillis to:

  • Stockton [Map], which is the Seat of San Joaquin County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 44 miles [70.8 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Gillis to Sacramento, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,376 miles [3,823.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take 5 days, a buggy would take 93 days and walking would take 135 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,385 miles [11,885 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 8,152 miles [13,119.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,198 miles [9,974.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gillis ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Gillis.

Within California, there is just one other community named Gillis. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 4 communities in the United States - with 5 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in California

Communities outside of California

Communities Outside of California


Calcasieu Parish

Our profile page for Gillis, Calcasieu Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 1,685 miles [2,711.7 km] to the East


Cheboygan County

Our profile page for Gillis, Cheboygan County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Cheboygan County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Mineral County

Our profile page for Gillis, Mineral County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Mineral County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Morris County

Our profile page for Gillis, Morris County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,529 miles [2,460.7 km] to the East

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Gillis ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Fair Oaks   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East of Gillis   [Map]
French Camp   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Kennedy   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Lane   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lincoln Village   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Manteca Junction   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mormon   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Shepherds Ferry   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Gillis. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Marilyn Borden
  Actress. She was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Sunday May 29, 1932 and died in Modesto (California) on Wednesday March 25, 2009 at an age of 76.

Modesto [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Gillis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marilyn Borden<9>
Rosalyn 'Roz' Borden
  Actress. She was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Sunday May 29, 1932 and died in Modesto (California) on Thursday January 23, 2003 at an age of 70.

Modesto [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Gillis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rosalyn 'Roz' Borden
Mario Cain 'Milo' Candini
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Manteca (California) on Friday August 3, 1917 and died in Manteca (California) on Tueday March 17, 1998 at an age of 80. He was buried at Park View Cemetery (San Joaquin County, California) [Map].

Manteca [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast of Gillis

Manteca [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast of Gillis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mario Cain 'Milo' Candini
Amos Alonzo Stagg
  Football and basketball figure. He was born in West Orange (New Jersey) on Saturday August 16, 1862 and died in Stockton (California) on Wednesday March 17, 1965 at an age of 102. He was buried at Park View Cemetery (San Joaquin County, California) [Map].

Stockton [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the east of Gillis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Amos Alonzo Stagg

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Gillis. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gillis) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gillis. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9341, Longitude: -121.3830     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gillis have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Gillis to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 339.347 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 340.133 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.529 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Gillis could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Gillis, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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